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24th November 2017

By: John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker

I’m going to start off by saying that the only reason I got and read this book because I’d recently finished the TV series based on this book and had loved that completely. The book was interesting and enjoyable, but not quite on the same level as the show as the show did two things – they took some of the best parts of this book and fleshed them out i.e. the case with the principal that was tickling his students only took up a few paragraphs in the book but was a whole episode in the show; and they smoothed things out so the show didn’t have same feel of bouncing all over the place the book did. The show also fictionalized some parts the most obvious is that the woman who came and helped them with the set of questions they asked and helped turn the data they collection into something useful was barely in the book and had a husband, but the version in the show is a critically important character and is a lesbian.

So basically the show is a slightly fictionalized version of this book which is a straight memoir of the agent who helped to set up profiling in the FBIs in the 1970s. It is an interesting read if you’re a fan of the show based upon and/or true crime books and/or other shows like “Criminal Minds”. I certainly enjoyed reading it despite the subject matter and the fact that it was all over the place through looking at a lot of different cases very briefly.

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